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Question 45-18(3): Employment Family Assistance Program
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. First of all, I think I need to point out that this government cares very much about the well-being of its employees, and takes every opportunity to work with them to try and improve their conditions or whatever it is that they may be going through. The collective agreement has a number of provisions in there for different types of leave, so we work with those.

As far as the supervisors trained on working with staff, the accommodation process involves cooperation between the GNWT unions and employees to identify safe timing and reasonable measures to accommodate employees. The goal of the accommodation is to have employees remain in the workforce or, if absent, integrated back into the workforce as soon as reasonably and safely possible.

Question 45-18(3): Employment Family Assistance Program
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 45-18(3): Employment Family Assistance Program
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the Minister for that answer. I totally agree that the Government of the Northwest Territories is trying to do what's best for their staff, and at no point in time am I saying they're not. However, I guess my concern is, in listening to the constituents out there, there's a variety of challenges that people are dealing with and they're getting counselling out there, so they're not getting the needed support out there. Can the Minister please advise the process if the staff feels that their supervisor is not treating or understanding their challenges properly? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 45-18(3): Employment Family Assistance Program
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Duty to accommodate training is provided to managers and supervisors who provide them with the guidance and tools to manage and support employees in the workplace who are dealing with any type of medical condition. Advice and guidance is also provided to managers by the duty to accommodate advisors, and managers also have access to training sessions on managing and supporting employees dealing with medical conditions. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 45-18(3): Employment Family Assistance Program
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

October 20th, 2017

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, what is the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs' plan to close the funding gap that we've learned about to the municipal funding review? Thank you.

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs.

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We are in the process of developing a long-term plan to address the funding gap for municipalities. That is a commitment. Currently what we are doing is every year, there has been an increase in some of the areas from the territorial governments, and we are leveraging with the federal government's monies to access more infrastructure money.

Communities that are at a surplus currently have been kind of topped, or are staying at that level, and then we are focusing on the communities that have a deficit with the new monies that we are bringing in. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Is the Minister committed to tabling that strategy in the fall at some point? This is the last day of our sitting. Is the Minister going to table that strategy today?

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

No, I am sorry, we are still working on the finalization of the long-term plan, so I do apologize if I made a commitment that I would a table it in the fall. I wish I would have said that we will be completing it in the fall, and not mentioning when I would table it.

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Mr. Speaker, the longer the government waits to figure this out, the more pressure is going to be put on our communities who are in those deficit positions. The residents of Yellowknife are short-changed by $1 million in funding from this government, and the taxpayers have to foot the bill with the most recent City of Yellowknife budget increasing taxes because there is not enough money to pay for these essential programs the city is working on. Does the Minister think that is fair?

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

As stated earlier, the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs has actually been working quite diligently with the federal government to leverage the infrastructure monies that are coming. Communities such as the City of Yellowknife are actually getting a substantial amount of the federal infrastructure monies, whereas other communities who have a surplus are not getting that amount, so I am not a hundred per cent convinced that any tax increases to the residents of Yellowknife are only because of the $1-million shortfall.

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is not the federal government's responsibility to fund our communities. It is this government's responsibility. The city's budgets are done on a calendar year. Can the Minister commit to getting this work done before the end of the calendar year so the city can have certainty about what their fiscal room is going to look like?

Question 46-18(3): Municipalities Funding Gap
Oral Questions

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

No, I cannot. I would have to actually talk with the department and see. I want a complete plan, not a plan that is rushed to meet political viewpoints, so I will make sure that the plan is done properly before we release that plan. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.